Conference "Tapping into blue growth: the way forward for European aquaculture"

Conference "Tapping into blue growth: the way forward for European aquaculture"

Conference "Tapping into blue growth: the way forward for European aquaculture"

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Conference "Tapping into blue growth: the way forward for European aquaculture"


In a high-level joint event with the Dutch Presidency of the Council on 24 May 2016, Commissioner Karmenu Vella presented progress made and obstacles that need to be addressed in further developing a sustainable aquaculture sector in the EU.

Brussels, Belgium

The Commissioner launched "EU Aquaculture online", a one-stop-shop information source for businesses on EU rules and Member State's strategic priorities to encourage investment in the sector. Commissioner Vella commented on the event: "While the EU only produces 2% of all fish farmed worldwide, when it comes to quality, it is a world leader: be it in product quality, in research, in environmental standards. Building on this quality, we need to continue our work to help the European aquaculture sector grow, including through improved business certainty and financial support. This will not only create sustainable jobs and growth in Europe, but will also contribute to improved food security for European citizens."

Agenda and presentations

09.00-09.20 Opening remarks

Mr Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Mr Martijn van Dam, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries of The Netherlands, represented by Dr. Hans Hoogeveen pdf - 161 KB [161 KB] , Director-General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs

Ms Linnéa Engström pdf - 79 KB [79 KB] , MEP, Vice Chair of the Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament
09.20-10.00 Opening panel

Moderator: Ms Katrina Sichel, Wit and Word Communications

Mr Arnault Chaperon pdf - 219 KB [219 KB] , President of the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers

Mr Giuseppe Prioli pdf - 112 KB [112 KB] italiano (it) , President of the European association of molluscs farmers

Ms Ann Dom pdf - 149 KB [149 KB] , Deputy Director, Seas At Risk
10.00-11.00 Stakeholders’ engagement in the aquaculture agenda

Chair: Ms Marianne Wenning, Director, DG Environment, European Commission

• Stakeholder engagement at the EU level: the Aquaculture Advisory Council – Mr Jean-Claude Cueff pdf - 530 KB [530 KB] , Interim Chairman, Aquaculture Advisory Council

• Stakeholder engagement at national and regional level: the experience of Spain – Mr Ramón de la Figuera Morales pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] , Deputy Director of National Fishing Grounds, Union Waters and Aquaculture, Spain

• Engaging the industry and NGOs in the definition of technical standards: the experience of Scotland – Mr Willie Cowan pdf - 5 MB [5 MB] , Head of Performance, Aquaculture and Recreational Fisheries, Marine Scotland, United Kingdom
11.30-13.00 Creating a positive environment for innovation

Chair: Mr John Bell, Director, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

• Promoting innovation in Swedish aquaculture – Ms Malin Skog pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] , Senior analyst, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Sweden

• Single law on aquaculture in Greece – Ms Angeliki Kallara pdf - 696 KB [696 KB] , Director, Directorate of Aquaculture & Products Utilisation, Ministry of Rural Development & Food, Greece

• Innovation in traditional ponds: experiences from Hungary – Mr Péter Lengyel pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] , Head of aquaculture unit, Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary

• Innovation and education – Ms Margriet Drouillon pdf - 875 KB [875 KB] , Aquaculture Business Developer, University of Ghent, Belgium

Exploiting opportunities: success stories

Chair: Mr Ernesto Penas Lado, Director, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

• Implementing the blue growth strategy: the Dutch approach to multi-use of off shore platforms – Ms Marieke H. Mossink pdf - 938 KB [938 KB] , Deputy Director European Agricultural, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Food Security Department, The Netherlands

• Providing for high value niche markets – Mr Michel Berthommier pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] , Producer and Agricultural Engineer for sturgeon, l’Esturgeonnière, France

• Research and development in aquaculture – Mr Tamás Bardócz pdf - 903 KB [903 KB] , Senior Consultant Aquaculture Development, AquaBioTech Group, Malta

• Growing exports and diversifying the business model – Mr Richard Donnelly pdf - 6 MB [6 MB] , Business planner, BIM, Ireland

15.30-16.30 What do we expect from European aquaculture?

Moderator: Ms Katrina Sichel, Wit and Word Communications

Mr Malcolm Beveridge pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] , Head of the Aquaculture Branch, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Mr François Simard pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] , Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for Fisheries, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Mr Hyacinthe Cloarec pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] , Director Global Fish Management, METRO Group

Closing remarks:

Ms Gabriela Matečná pdf - 79 KB [79 KB] , Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic

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